In theory, this blog is supposed to be about parenting abroad. Instead, lately is has largely functioned to provide selected anecdotes of the various “adventures” that we embark on while living abroad. This is primarily for two reasons: 1) even though we are publishing a blog; we still have a need to maintain privacy 2) I have found parenting (abroad or domestic) to be a … Continue reading Ramblings of a Lovesick Daddy D
In my head, Makta Canyon is my favorite place near Skopje. Stunning natural beauty, numerous hiking options, boating, kayaking, caves, idealic canyon perched restaurants and yummy macchiato…Makta Canyon has it all and is only 20 minutes (driving) from my door. In reality, my visits to Makta Canyon are flavored with the uniqueness of the Brothers K and M. So the above description becomes: stunning natural … Continue reading Makta Morning
During a celebratory dinner last night for the successful conclusion of a conference I was working on, it came up that I used to SCUBA dive. While I would prefer not to use the verb phrase “used to”, the last time I went SCUBA diving was when I visited Belize in 2003. It is really hard to say that I still dive when it has … Continue reading Love Vanquishes SCUBA
It’s May 24th, the day before Mother’s Day in Sweden and here I sit in an airport lounge in Stockholm waiting to board a flight to Bangkok…and I am flying solo. I can’t say that the prospect of taking a 16-hour flight by myself does not appeal; in fact it feels like a well needed vacation from life. On one side of the flight, I … Continue reading Burma Bound
Following a year of being a stay-at-home dad, I am now back working full-time. And while I am definitely enjoying being back to work, there are a few notable things that I am missing. They are, in no particular order: Morning nap time…ah yes, it is 8am and time for M to go back to sleep for two hours. Such a pleasant way to restart … Continue reading Back to the Grind
Today is my son’s birthday. It also happens to be my birthday as well. When my wife first got pregnant and we did the calculations and determined that K would probably be a July baby, two thoughts went through my mind: oh no…having a summer bday is tough, & I really hope we don’t have bdays too close to each other. Cancer’s tend to be … Continue reading Happy Birthday Sir K!!
For those dedicated readers out there…(maybe there are a few)…I have not posted in some time. I started this blog as a means to fill the spare hours of my day as I was learning to be a stay-at-home father. And during all those wonderful nap times, I had some solid moments to sit quietly with my laptop and relay events from my day. Then … Continue reading Blogging: It’s been a while.
To be honest, over the past few months there has been growing tension between my eldest son, K and myself. For one, he is continually testing his independence and boundaries as he is of that age. For another, we are way too much a like, which might have something to do with us sharing the same birthday. Another, we are both very physical individuals. This … Continue reading A Marvel Miracle
The Swedish daycare/pre-school (dagis) system is pretty cool. Once a child reaches 12 months, they are eligible to attend, though it’s not like you can just show up and drop your child off. First, Sweden really values parents being home with their children, which is why they have such a great paternity leave plan. Between the two parents, it is possible to take up to … Continue reading Dagis
It’s 5am…again. I hate 5am. The world is a seething cesspool of hate, despair, and frustration at 5am. Here in the so-called winter of southern Sweden, the sun doesn’t even rise for another three hours. There are no pleasant tendrils of pink creeping over the eastern sky bringing the promise of a beautiful day. All we have is the wind and rain whipping at the … Continue reading The 5am Morning Blues